Opening the mysteries of drug actions, discovering new therapies, and developing new medicinal products

Cardiovascular regulation, cell signaling, structural and cancer biology, and environmental toxicology are just a few interests of the faculty at the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Vermont.

Students interested in the interaction of chemical substance with biological systems will benefit from direct contact with faculty researchers. Studies in Pharmacology at the College of Medicine serve medical and graduate students, post-doctoral trainees and undergraduates.

Learn more about Pharmacology as a Career sponsored by the American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).

Learn more about careers for scientists from the Science Careers Site sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



Graduate students and poster

Graduate Studies

The Pharmacology Department has joined the Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program for those Graduates interested in pursuing a Ph.D. The Pharmacology Department offers both a Thesis Research based Masters in Pharmacology and a Non-Thesis Masters  in Pharmacology. Exclusively for UVM students we offer an Accelerated Masters Program. We also offer an undergraduate 15-credit minor, course offerings include Toxicology, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Pharmacological Techniques and Medicinal Chemistry.

Researcher in a lab

Pharmacology Research

  • Brain and cerebral vascular studying the blood flow to the brain.
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Signal transduction
  • Medicinal chemistry/cancer chemotherapy

Faculty giving presentation

Seminars and Research Forums

As the host of the weekly Seminar Series and the annual trustees visit and retreat, the Pharmacology department has an active schedule of seminars and events.

The Pharmacology Department hosts Research Forums monthly to encourage collaboration. Presentations are made by faculty and postdocs.

Recent News

Lounsbury Appointed Foundations Director

May 7, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur

Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, has been appointed Director of Foundations in the Office of Medical Student Education at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, effective May 1, 2018.

Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D. (Photo: LCOM Medical Communications)

Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, has been appointed director of Foundations in the Office of Medical Student Education at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, effective May 1. Lounsbury succeeds Paula Tracy, Ph.D., who has stepped down after six years in the position. 

In her new role, Lounsbury will lead and manage the Foundations Level of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum, supporting course directors, the use of active learning, ensuring best practices and facilitating student engagement in the curriculum. She will also continue as director of the Masters in Medical Science Graduate Program.

A Master Teacher in the College’s Teaching Academy, Lounsbury teaches in the Neural Sciences, Foundations of Clinical Science, and Human Development and Reproductive Health courses. She has served as an elected member of the College’s Medical Curriculum Committee since 2012 and has served on the College’s Strategic Planning Committee, the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and the Recruitment Committee for the Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences graduate program. In addition, Lounsbury has taught dozens of undergraduate and graduate courses in pharmacology, cell and molecular biology, and pathology.

Lounsbury is a member of the UVM Cancer Center whose research focuses on how vascular and tumor cells respond to their environment and whether transcriptional changes are subject to therapeutic intervention. Her national leadership roles include service as co-chair of the National Institutes of Health Study Section for F10 Cardiopulmonary Fellowships, and as a member and former chair of the American Heart Association Study Section, Northeast Peer Review Section.

A well-respected teacher, scientist and mentor of more than 70 post-doctoral fellows and undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, Lounsbury joined the UVM faculty in 1998 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the UVM Department of Pathology and working as a postdoctoral associate with Chair of Pharmacology Mark Nelson, Ph.D. She earned her Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania.